Mighty Wanderers FC have said their convicted president and board chairperson Thom Mpinganjira will remain at the helm of the club.
The business mogul and philanthropist was yesterday found guilty by the High Court of attempting to bribe judges who presided over the presidential election nullification case.
In an interview yesterday, the Nomads’ board secretary Humphrey Mvula said as a team, they are saddened with Mpinganjira’s conviction.
He said: “We do not have contingency plans. He remains our president whether in jail or elsewhere and he will continue to give guidance to the club.
“We will continue to rely on him because this commercialisation project had him as the dependent variable direction.
“We know how bad it is for him individually and his family. As Wanderers family—directors, supporters, players and other stakeholders—we will continue to pray for him in the hope that things will be alright.”
Mpinganjira was appointed the club’s president in July after being approached by the dissolved executive committee, supporters committee and commercialisation task force.
When he was unveiled as president, Mpinganjira said he accepted the call to lead the club because he feared for its future after reading in the press about internal wrangles and financial constraints.
“The fear that Wanderers was going to fold and my passion for the team is what made me to come in and help. I felt that without Wanderers, football would not be the same,” he said.
Mpinganjira said his dream was to turn the Lali Lubani Road outfit into a commercial entity as is the case with Nyasa Big Bullets and Silver Strikers.
He chairs a 25-member board which, among others, includes Minister of Civic Education Timothy Mtambo, former Cabinet minister Clement Stambuli, Chikwawa West legislator Susan Dossi, legislator for Ntchisi South Ulemu Chilapondwa, Brigadier Genel Phillip Nyamali, busineperson Chris Gondwe, Dokani Ngwira, Max Kalamula, Adelaide Migogo, Ernest Maganga and Limbani Magomero. It also includes the team’s former chairpersons Chauncy Gondwe, Gift Mkandawire, Jack Kamwendo and Simon Sikwese.